Football: State Championships at Vermillion
11:00am: Class 9A Canistota vs. Warner
2:30pm: Class 9AA Deubrook vs. Howard (Live on B93 @ 2:00)
7:30pm: Class 9B Harding County vs. Colome
DEUBROOK FB…The Deubrook Dolphins make their first appearance in a state championship football game Thursday, taking on Howard in the 9AA finals at the DakotaDome. Kickoff is at 2:30 – live coverage starts at 2:00 on B93.7.
Deubrook held off Gregory Saturday to advance, while Howard posted a 50-point win over Clark/Willow Lake. Dolphins coach Adolph Shepardson suspected Howard would be in the mix at the end. 97621 :24 “of playing ‘em”.
Shepardson says line play will be the key to the game. 97622 :36 “a fun game”.
Deubrook football coach Adolph Shepardson.
SDFCA AWARDS…The South Dakota Football Coaches’ Association will present several awards during this weekend’s state championships at the DakotaDome.
Adolph Shepardson of Deubrook will receive the Region 2 Coach of the Year award.
Sam Holderby of Volga and Bob Lowery of Pierre will receive special awards.
Holderby will receive a State Friend of Football Award. A former administrator at Sioux Valley High School, he helped mark the football field, kept statistics and announced games for the Sioux Valley Cossacks during his time as an administrator and continues to support the program.
Lowery is a former assistant executive secretary of the state high school activities association, and handled football scheduling for several seasons.
DVC FB…Deubrook’s Ryan Knutson – who set a state record with 38 touchdowns scored – is the Dakota Valley Conference football Player of the Year, as selected by the league coaches. Arlington’s Steve Gilbertson was voted Coach of the Year.
The All-Dakota Valley Conference football team:
Deubrook: Tyler Jensen, Ryan Knutson, Dallas Murphy, Cory Byers
Arlington: Lane Weber, Zach Warnke, Andrew King, Christian Kangas
Castlewood: Grant Fodness, Dylan Wittmeier, Carson Borer, Case Wiarda
Elkton-Lake Benton: Ethan Pearson, Tyler Schindler, Nick Delaney, Jake VanDyke
Lake Preston: Jaden Denison, John Hasche, Patrick Bertsch, Michael Bradfield
DeSmet: Eugene Martin, Andrew Foley
Dells St. Mary’s: Noel Hansen, Josh Brown
Colman-Egan: Riley Clark, Haiden Schmidt
Estelline: Matt Konrad
Oldham-Ramona/Rutland: Dustin Riedel
Honorable Mention: Riley Hanson, Dustin Trooien-Deubrook; Austin Gilbertson-Arlington; Lucas Ching-Castlewood; Heath Schindler--Elkton-Lake Benton; Peter Schukking-Lake Preston; Evan Larsen, Dylan Gehm-DeSmet; Jared Scholten, Ben Bunkers-Dells St. Mary’s; Lane Berg—Colman-Egan; Garret Reed-Estelline; Justin Tolley—Oldham-Ramona/Rutland.
SHOWDOWN SERIES…South Dakota's two largest universities will compete in an annual athletic and academic competition, strengthening their rivalry and vying for a new traveling trophy.
The South Dakota Showdown Series, announced Wednesday, will pit the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits against the University of South Dakota Coyotes in 17 men's and women's sports and also carries an academic component.
The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council is sponsoring the competition, which will benefit Feeding South Dakota, a nonprofit that provides 450 organizations with food to distribute to families across the state.
The showdown will feature a point system, with each school able to earn up to 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and Summit League Championship finishes in 17 men's and women's sports. And if student-athletes maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, schools can earn three points.
NDSU FB…The Missouri Valley Football Conference lead goes on the line Saturday when South Dakota State visits North Dakota State.
Missouri State coach Terry Allen says the Bison defense is better than some BCS teams – NDSU coach Craig Bohl says he’s not sure where that comparison comes from: 97623 :24 “and that’s helped”.
Bohl says the Jacks, and Bison, strengths are similar – he says teams just have to play to their strength. 97624 :37 “is that Saturday”.
SDSU has two straight rivalry games – the following Saturday, the Jacks host South Dakota to wrap up the regular season.
SDSU XC…The NCAA Midwest Region cross country meet takes place this weekend in Springfield, Missouri. Two SDSU runners – Michael Krsnak and Trent Lusignan – could qualify for nationals, but head coach Rod DeHaven says they have to make the top 15 to do it. 97625 :34 “about too much”.
DeHaven’s hoping Erin Hargens can finish her season on a high note. 97626 :25 “them fired up”.
DeHaven says it’s a difficult course that sits out in the open, so the forecasted 20 mile-per-hour winds will also be a factor.
SDSU VB…South Dakota State faces a must-win situation Friday in Summit League volleyball at North Dakota State.
Jackrabbit losses last weekend at South Dakota and Missouri-Kansas City, seriously damaged the team’s chances for the conference playoffs.
Head coach Phil McDaniel says the battle for the final two spots in the four-team tournament is crazy. 97627 :44 “and bites us”.
North Dakota State will host the league playoff the following weekend.
SUMMIT SOCCER ACADEMIC…The Summit League has announced its Academic All-League Team as voted on by the nine institution's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. A total of 12 student-athletes were named to the team and honored for their academic and athletic performances this season. The honor team:
Tylar Allison, Fort Wayne…Taylor Bare, Kansas City…Erin Bello, South Dakota…Julianne Boyle, Oakland…Holly Christian, North Dakota State…Katie Condon, Western Illinois…Sarah Hall, Western Illinois…Kyla Kellermann, Oakland…Arianne Mason, Fort Wayne…Melanie McCormick, Omaha…Kristin Pierce, IUPUI…and Jordan Spaciel, Western Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN…Elizabeth Carreiro of St. Thomas More and Trevor Reinesch of Kimball has been selected as the state winners of the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Carreiro and Reinesch will compete against winners from other regions across the country for a chance to be named one of 12 National Finalists in Wendy’s annual quest to find the nation’s top scholar-athletes. These 12 outstanding students will go on to compete for the National Winner title in New York City on Dec. 7.
GOLF HONORS…The South Dakota Golf Association has announced its year-end award winners:
Senior Golfers of the Year: Tim Begeman, Madison and Patty Coddington, Sioux Falls
Golfers of the Year: Brandon Sigmund, Mitchell and Jenny Coluccio, Sioux Falls
Junior Golfers of the Year: Max Donohue, Sioux Falls and Hallie Getz, Pierre
GRAD ASST…When longtime special teams coordinator Joe DeForest left to take charge of West Virginia's defense, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy took advantage of a new NCAA rule to replace him in an unconventional way.
Instead of hiring another regular assistant coach to his staff, Gundy brought in graduate assistant Ty Linder from Texas Tech and gave him oversight of the Cowboys' punts, kickoffs and field goals. It was a move made possible by a NCAA rule that allows football programs to have four graduate assistants — instead of just two — starting with this season.
As he prepares to go up against DeForest and the Mountaineers on Saturday, Gundy says he can't expect Linder to replace nearly two decades of experience. But he considers Linder an "up and rising" special teams coordinator.